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Dr. Randall J. Webb, President
Northwestern State University
Each day, something happens on campus that makes me proud of our
students (and future alumni).
I was never more proud of our students than when they voted to assess
themselves to fund a renovation and expansion project at the Intramural
Building, formerly the Men's Gymnasium, which will be known as the
Wellness Recreation and Activity Center.
This $6.9 million project should be complete by 2002. Once the work is
done, the new facility will change the face of Northwestern 's Natchitoches
campus by providing our students with a modern wellness center contain-
ing a number of amenities.
We hope over the next few years to receive funding to renovate and
modernize several other buildings including Morrison Hall and the Fam-
ily and Consumer Sciences Building.
Over the past two years, our students have shown they value academ-
ics as well as what takes place outside the classroom. Their willingness to
play an active role in improving Northwestern strengthens the Univer-
sity and adds value to the education you and I received here.
Thank you for your support of Northwestern this year. Brenda and I
wish each of you a happy holiday season.
Dr. Steve Horton, Director
Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends:
First, for all of you who have so generously supported
the Annual Fund Drive, I personally thank you. The
Fund Drive is completed in two phases — a mailing and a phone-a-thon. For
those who contributed by mail, we thank you for your prompt response. For
those of you who responded to our phone-a-thon requests, we are grateful. I
thank members of Blue Key, Purple Jackets and Panhellenic for working
nearly 45 hours on phone lines asking our alumni for their support. They,
like you, are proud of their university, and also enjoyed speaking with you.
Thank you for your continued support in our campaign.
Homecoming was also a tremendous success, mainly because of you,
our alumni, who came out for the events. All of the weekend's events had
overflow crowds, especially the banquet and tailgating parties. I thank
alumni David Stamey ('82), Clark Averett ('89), and Demon supporter Dr
Angelo Morreale for coordinating the tailgating events for the entire sea-
son. These guys are the reason the parties have been so successful; and
you are the reason we continue to schedule them.
In the next months we will continue to schedule alumni events for you.
We will begin to schedule our alumni chapter parties around the region,
and we will also begin to look at chartering new ones. Should you have
suggestions or comments that would make our events more attractive,
please contact me.
You loyalty to the Alumni Association has been overwhelming, and I
Best wishes for a great holiday season!
Official Publication of Northwestern
Organized in 1884
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Volume XI Number 4 Winter 1998
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NSU ALUMNI OFFICERS
President Tommy Chester
Vice President Ginger Wiggins
Secretary-Treasurer Steve Horton
Executive Director Steve Horton
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969
Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964
Carroll Long Tyler, TX 1970
Dale Bernard Lake Charles, 1972
David Morgan Austin, TX 1973
Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958
Adrian Howard Arlington, TX 1989
Leah Sherman Dallas, 1986
John Ramsey. New Orleans, 1986
Joe Cunningham, Jr. Natchitoches, 1984
Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993
Leonard Endris.... Shreveport, 1974,1975
Raymond Arthur Natchitoches, 1964
Luke Dowden Negreet, LA
The Alumni Columns is published in
spring, summer, fall and winter
Dr Steve Horton
Griffin's Studio of Monroe
Guillet Photography of Natchitoches
Neil Johnson Photography of Shreveport
Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis-
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097:
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac-
calaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees.
It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi-
ana not to discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion,
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro-
grams, activities or employment practices as required by Title
VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimi-
nation in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act of 1963,
the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Executive Or-
der 11246, Sections 503 and Section 504 of the Rehabilita-
tion Act of 1973 and Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veter-
ans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.
I he Tudor-style house
located on College
Avenue at the immediate right
of Northwestern's main gates
has come full circle during its
71 year history.
The home has changed
several times, but one thing
has remained the same — the
entertaining that has occurred
within those walls. ■
From dinner parties hosted by
former presidents' wives to alumni
events, the house has been the site
of many social events. | : |
But the former President's
Cottage, which has been home
to Northwestern's offices of
Alumni Affairs and Institu-
tional Advancement for the
past 14 years, has not always
been a showcase for North-
western State University.
At one time, a green IShgus grew on the
walls, and mildew grew in cabinets overnight.
In 1984, the living room, which had in
the past been filled with beautiful fumi-|^
ture, was furnished with only two couches.
But during the past 14 years, furniture
has been purchased or reupholstered and
new wallpaper or paint covers the walls,
giving the home a new look.
"It is a tribute to what it should be," said
NSU's Director of Alumni Affairs Dr. Steve f»
Horton. "This house is the second oldest
building on this campus, and we wanted to
make it look as good as possible."
During Homecoming '98, several Northwestern
faculty and staff, both retired and current, and former
students reminisced about the home.
"We had a gorgeous magnolia tree right outside this
window," said Juanita Kilpatrick ('49), who lived in
the home from September 1966 through May 1970
with her husband, Dr. Arnold Kilpatrick ('44) and
their two children.
"I loved that tree," Mrs. Kilpatrick said. "I would go
out there every day and get a flower when they were
^ Being in the home again brought back a number of
memories for the Kilpatricks, who were NSU's presi-
dential family from 1966 through 1978 and were the
last presidential family to live in the house.
"We had four wonderful years in this house," Mrs.
Kilpatrick said, "and they've done a wonderful job
I redoing it."
The "redoing" to which she referred involved the
reupholstering of the living room chairs and sofas and
several other small projects downstairs.
Furnishings which include a grandfather clock, the
home's original dining table and chairs and several
other pieces now fill the home.
Some of the furnishings for the home have been
transferred from other campus buildings through the
years, a move Mrs. Kilpatrick said caused a stir when
she did it.
She had the grand piano in the home swapped with
the one which was virtually unused in the lobby of
"We used the piano all the time, and that one was
in better shape," the music major said. "So one
Thanksgiving, I had them switch the pianos. I caught
a lot of flack for that."
Several other Northwestern presidents lived in the
house prior to the Kilpatricks, including Albert A.
Fredericks, H. Lee Prather and John S. Kyser.
Former President Dr Victor L. Roy planned for the
home, a new women's dormitory and a new education
building (Warren Easton Hall) in his 1926-28 building
In 1927, the home was built for approximately
$25,000. The downstairs was used primarily for
entertaining, with the family's living quarters being
"We did quite a bit of entertaining in this house,"
Mrs. Kilpatrick said. "We had lots of good times here."
To this day, the downstairs is a gathering place for
alumni and other organizations' functions.
But many people who visit the home today are
unaware of the things that have remained virtually
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un( hanged throughout the
hoi le's history, including the
maj ny trees planted by Thelma
Kyi.er, whose family lived in the
hoijhe from the mid-1950s
thiLigh the 1960s.
I^e house has undergone only
mi iior physical changes since it
wab built) including the expan-
sion of Jtheiatchen and the
enclosure ofiKj^«mall j^ack porch.
it the^house,has l\^d^nd
contin^|g to have structiir
wall in thi
That wall^^ replaced
plywood whi e 1 1 e Kilpatric
lived in the hoi s ei
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ing, the Kilp ici i iM and everyto^ne
About the cover: The charm of the old
President's Cottage is reflected in this
photograph of the Alumni Center living
room. The cottage was home to
Northwestern presidents from the
1920's through the 1960's and currently
serves as home to the offices of Alumni
Affairs and the NSU Foundation.
. Kilpafiick sai
ths, the Sheetrock
else who has
When the Office of Alumni
Development took it over in 1985,
former director Elise James ('68)
said there was virtually no
furniture in the living room.
She called several Northwest-
ern alumni and told them what
was needed, and James said she
spent almost $8,000 on new
James said when she visited
the house during Homecoming,
she almost could not believe how
good it looked. A committee of
former presidents' wives. First
Lady Brenda Webb, and alumnus
Jim Bob Key ('54) oversaw the
most recent renovation project.
"It is a beautiful old home,"
James said. "I'm just glad we've
been fortunate enough to get it
back into such fine condition."
house notice i i liusty smelj
rising from t ijf ^ aler pooled
at the chance tcfbuild a new
president's h(om^ in 1970. With *
funds dedicated to the constrUt
tion of presidents' Ijiomes on stfeb
liniversity campuses, the
president's home on Chaplin's
Lake was built. ,
Kilpatrick was criticized for
spending the^^^wie^-on the new
home, but ^he revenues from oil
anjd"^s deposits on the NichoUs
State Uiiiv^sity campus were^^-^
plAced>M^ restricted fund fof' the
so e purpoWl^f buildii^g presi-
de its' homes.
^'If we didn't use it, we-\yere
go ng to be left out," Kilpatrick>said.
So when the new house was
CO] nplete, the keys to the former
Pr isident's Cottage were turned over
to the home economics department.
The house then became a
le; irning environment, where
he jme economics majors spent a
semester living and learning
arts of home management.
From preparing meals and
entertaining to cleaning hou^e and
Jiving within a budget, the stu- ,
dents were exposed to many "re:
life" situations, said Dr. Virgi
Grossno ( ^A|B^o became head of
the'Separtment in the late 1970s.
-v[n the mid-70s, it was dete
mine^tijat the house was too[.
expensive to operate 24-hours a f '
day, so the students no longer; livefl
in the residence.
Until 1984, however, they
continued to maintain the house
during the dajrtime.
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The five appointees to the board of directors of the
NSU Aliunni Association have one common goal in
mind — to continue the fine tradition of excellence at North-
western by serving the university to their ftdlest potential.
Even though every board member is active in their
own community, they all have eagerly accepted their new
positions and are full of ideas for the Association. The
appointees were approved Oct. 30 at the Alumni Asso-
ciation board meeting during Homecoming Week, accord-
ing to Director of Alumni Affairs Dr. Steve Horton.
For newly-appointed member Leonard Endris,
Northwestern has literally become a family affair. Endris,
himself, graduated from Northwestern in 1974 with a
bachelor of science in wildlife management and received
a master of science in zoology in 1975.
He said his two sons, Matthew and Paul, are fourth-
generation Demons who have grown up on the 50-yard
line of Turpin Stadium. Matthew graduated from North-
western in 1997 and Paul just began his freshman year.
In fact, Endris said Paul will hopefully graduate in 2002,
which will be 101 years after his maternal great-grand-
mother graduated from Louisiana State Normal School
Endris, who works as a district conservationist with
the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, has
been a member of the Alumni and Athletic associations
since about 1980. He was the founder of the now defunct
Purple & White Open Golf Tournament, which was the
predecessor of the Joe Delaney Memorial Golf Tourna-
"I am pleased and honored to have the opportunity to
serve as a member of such an august body," Endris said.
Board member Joe Cunningham Jr. has played an
integral part in the Natchitoches area. Cunningham, who
graduated from Northwestern in 1984 with a bachelor
of science in business, works as an investment repre-
sentative with SunAmerica Securities. He is a represen-
tative of Pinnacle Asset Management Group, which is a
registered investment advisor. He also serves as an agent
with the Cunningham Agency, an insurance and finan-
cial services firm.
Cunningham has served on the Northwestern Ath-
letic Association board of directors. Red River Area Spe-
cial Olympics and was past president of the Natchitoches
Area Jaycees. He is also the president-elect of the Ro-
tary Club. He sees his appointment to the board as yet
another way he can serve the university as well as
"I'm happy to be a part of the board," Cunningham
said. "It's a good opportunity to keep in touch with people
I haven't seen in years. Northwestern is the biggest part
of the Natchitoches community."
Leah Sherman of Dallas is anxious to begin her work
as a board member. In fact, she has already started to
think about ways to help the Alumni Association grow
stronger Sherman, who earned her business degree from
Northwestern in 1986, said one of her
primary goals is to revitalize the
Dallas/ Fort Worth Alumni Chapter.
She also helped plan the first-ever
All-Greek Reunion that was held
Sept. 18 and 19 and would like to see
it grow bigger and better with every
For the past year, Sherman has
worked as a product and marketing
manager for the CFData Corp.
Sherman deals with returned check
outsourcing, which includes process-
ing, management and collections. She
has worked exclusively with large
retailers such as J.C. Penney Co. Inc.
"I think it's really great," Sherman
said of her appointment to the board.
"I was tickled, surprised and excited
all at once when I was asked to serve
on the board of directors."
Board member James C.
"Jimmy" Williams has dedicated
most of his life to serving the people
of Winn Parish.
Williams, who lives in Winnfield,
graduated from Northwestern in
1993 with a degree in business ad-
ministration. He is the vice president
of Winn Pl3rwood Inc. and is serving
his second term on the Winnfield City
"I obviously felt honored, espe-
cially having graduated so recently,"
Williams said of his appointment.
But the youngest member on the
board has already come up with some
ideas of how Northwestern 's alumni
can become more active, taking a
more hands-on approach to both
Northwestern and the student body.
Instead of alumni being silent con-
tributors, Williams said it would be
more beneficial for more alumni
"come back to classes and talk to stu-
dents," giving them a real-life look at
what happens after graduation.
John Ramsey of New Orleans
sees his appointment to the board as
an opportunity to encourage other
alumni to take a more active role
with all aspects of the university.
"I believe that just as 'all politics
are local,' NSU must energize local
groups and alumni chapters to be
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successful in the long term," he commented. "There is
no reason why we in New Orleans, for example, can't
assist the university with fundraising, campaigns, etc.,
particularly in my local area."
Ramsey graduated from Northwestern in 1986 with
a bachelor of arts in journalism with an emphasis in
public relations. He went on to Tulane University and
received a master of business administration in 1994. He
is now the proprietor of La Maison Marigny, a historic
bed and breakfast on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
As for the board of directors, Ramsey said each ap-
pointee will contribute unique skills and ideas to the
Alumni Association. Ramsey, himself, would like to as-
sist the Association in the area of technology, which
begins with learning what on-line features would be
helpful to alumni. He solely developed the web site for
the Alumni Association and continues to manage it as
part of his contribution to the Association.
He believes that all alumni should find a way to
help Northwestern continue its tradition of educating
students. Even a small financial commitment would
ensure that students have the tools and resources they
need, he said.***
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Students on NSU's Natchitoches campus overwhelm-
ingly passed a referendum to fund a new wellness
and recreation center on campus.
The university will seek approval from the Univer-
sity of Louisiana System Board of Trustees and the State
Board of Regents to obtain a line of credit for the project,
according to Loran Lindsey, director of the physical plant
at NSU An architect will then be hired to begin design
and development of the project.
The referendum calls for major renovation of the ex-
isting intramural facility, which was built in 1939. The
proposition calls for the existing building to be expanded
from 39,000 square feet to 80,000 completed square feet.
An additional 20,000 square feet would be constructed
but would not be completed vmtil a later date, making
the new building a total of 100,000 square feet.
The proposed new name for the facility is The Demon
Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center. The new fa-
cility would include a second regulation-sized basket-
ball court, four racquetball courts in the existing weight
room, a new weight room, an aerobics area, an indoor
track and a wellness center. The new facility would en-
velop the existing IM building, incorporating some of
the structure into its design.
The projected cost for renovation of the building is
$6.9 million. Costs will be paid with a student-assessed
fee of $75 for students carrying five or more credit hours
during the fall and spring semesters effective with the
spring 1999 semester. Summer students who are carry-
ing seven or more hours will also be required to pay the
fee. Completion is expected no later than 2002. • * *
dio is on
Northwestern State 's campus radio station, KNWD-
FM, has expanded its broadcast range to cover the
entire world. The student-operated station has made
its programming available on the Internet.
The station went on-line earlier this semester at
www.vic.nsula.edu/knwd. Those wishing to listen to
the broadcast will need to download free RealPlayer
software from www.real.com.
KNWD has a 250 watt over-the-air signal that covers
the city of Natchitoches.
"Broadcasting on the Internet will be a great market-
ing tool for KNWD and Northwestern," station manager
Casey Shannon said, a senior hospitality management and
tourism major from Durham, N.C., who is in his second
year of running the station. "We will increase the number
of listeners and awareness of the station."
KNWD is on the air from 9 a.m. until 6 a.m. when
classes are in session. The station has a modern rock/
alternative format during the day and specialty pro-
grams featuring formats including jazz, urban and clas-
sic rock in the evening. A morning show from 6 a.m.
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until 9 a.m. features music, talk, news and
"Already we've gotten a good deal of feed-
back in the few days we've been on the
Internet," Shannon said. "Students and fac-
ulty have told us what they liked and have
also given us constructive criticism that will
Currently, only one other college radio sta-
tion in Louisiana is broadcasting over the
Internet. A number of stations have web sites,
but have not set up the technology to make
their signals available.
"Not many colleges are doing this. We are
among the college stations who are pioneer-
ing this," Shannon said . "This will be a pow-
erful marketing tool for the station, the De-
partment of Journalism and Northwestern
because people can hear what they do."
Shannon believes the Internet presence
has increased student interest in KNWD.
"We're getting better DJ's. The people who
are volunteering to do shows are more seri-
ous. Maybe they realize their parents could
be listening," he said.
According to Shannon, the Internet pres-
ence is also helpful in dealing with record
companies and promoters.
"We don't pay for the music we program.
We depend on record companies and promot-
ers. Now they can hear us and know we are
a serious operation," said Shannon.
Several promoters have set up links to the
KNWD site. Shannon said.
He also thanked Dr. Anthony Scheffler,
assistant dean of graduate studies and re-
search and acting director of the computer
center, along with Roy Davis and Phillip
Gillis of the Office of Academic Computing
for their assistance in launching the web
J ana Lucky, director of the Office of
Admissions and Recruiting is asking
Northwestern's alumni to inform her office
of students who are a "top priority" for re-
Lucky, a 1992 Northwestern graduate,
said she knows the important role alumni
play in the recruiting process.
"The recruiting staff is on the road bring-
ing top quality students of whom you would
be proud," she said. "Northwestern has so
many wonderful things of which to be proud.
At the top of the list are our dedicated
alumni. You are our finest recruiters."
If you know of a students you would like
for Northwestern to consider as a top prior-
ity student, contact Lucky at (800)426-3754
(in state) or (800)327-1903 (out of state) or
via e-mail at Luckyj@alpha.nsula.edu.
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. ^ZS ociology students at Northwestern State Univer-
^\ w^S sity will benefit from one of the largest private
r ^ gifts ever made to the institution.
QIJ The NSU Foundation has received a gift of $245,069
Ofrom the estate of Marion T "Red" Loftin, a 1935 graduate
of Loxoisiana State Normal College, now Northwestern. The
pn^ gift will be used to set up an endowment to provide schol-
Oarships for undergraduate students in sociology.
"Gifts from alimini to support scholarships for students
*Pl permit some students to attend college who might not
^ otherwise have the resources. Additionally, they enable
Othe University to attract academically gifted students who
become functioning members of a community of schol-
wgk ars," Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb said.
Ufl "Dr. Loftin's gift to Northwestern is all the more gratify-
ing for a number of reasons. First, the amount given is
substantial and ranks among the largest gifts ever made
to the University. Also, Dr Loftin was an eminent scholar who also
served with distinction as a university administrator We are most
grateful that this gentleman who served so honorably in several ca-
pacities chose to honor Northwestern with his generosity."
Loftin died in July 1997. After earning his bachelor's degree at
Louisiana State Normal College, he went on to earn a master's de-
gree at Louisiana State University and a doctorate at Vanderbilt
He joined the faculty of Mississippi State University in 1949 as
an assistant professor. Loftin was named vice president of graduate
studies and research in 1979, serving in that position until his re-
tirement in 1985. He was a Thomas L. Bailey Professor of Sociology
and Rural Life, head of the sociology department and dean of the
"Professor Loftin was physically a giant of a man, but more than
that he was a giant in his ability to teach in the true spirit of
academia," Northwestern Professor of Sociology Dr. Roland Pippin
said. There was no false modesty or staging of authenticity. He spoke
his mind and, as we are witness, put his proverbial money where his
mouth was," Pippin said. "His legacy will endure because of his gen-
erosity. His dedication to his discipline is secure through his aca-
demic progeny. And, now we are the privileged ones at Northwest-
ern to continue his legacy.
"I am more than hopeful that the students who are recipients of
his legacy and generosity will continue in the grand fashion that he
established. Sociologists across the nation will smile collectively and
knowingly when they hear this good news."
Loftin's gift is the second largest private donation to Northwest-
ern. The largest bequest to NSU was by Mrs. Joanna Magale and
the Magale Foundation to establish the Magale Endowed Professor-
ship and scholarships for students in creative and performing arts.
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'9Sam Jordan completes summer
fellowship at ©xford n£niversitp
(^T^'^he literature of Dickens, Word=worth and other
v_y major British writers of the 19th century came
to Hfe in a new way last summer for Pam Jordan. The
1994 graduate of Northwestern earned a summer fel-
lowship at Oxford University.
Jordan, the former Pam Long, planned to start
graduate school earlier this year. She was one of 30
educators who applied for the fellowship. At Oxford,
she studied the writing of authors and poets includ-
ing William Thackeray, Charlotte Bronte, Samuel
Coleridge, William Blake and Mary Wolstencraft.
"It was an wonderful experience to learn from pro-
fessors who had written books on the people we were
studying," Jordan said. "The classroom setting was dif-
ferent. The emphasis was not on lectures as it is in
America. The emphasis was on tutorial meetings done
"The faculty also met the classes in small groups,"
she said. "They would throw out questions, and we
would have to respond. The professors never told us
what to think."
Jordan has been an English teacher at AirUne High
School in Bossier City for four years. She also teaches in
the honors program. The learning experience at Oxford
has caused her to modify her method of teaching.
"I enjoy the benefits of the teaching methods they
use," Jordan said. "I have learned to direct my stu-
dentsand let them make thejx-ajvn decisions."
Job Location and Development
Office opens on campus
Anew resource is now available to business orga-
nizations. Effective immediately, the Department
of Counseling and Career Services will be operating the
NSU Job Location and Development Office. This free ser-
vice seeks to meet part-time and temporary personnel
needs of organizations by matching their vacancies with
qualified, prescreened students.
A staff person will assist employers with defining the
responsibilities, qualifications, and requirements of the
requested personnel. NSU's database of students will
be searched to identify those who match the requested
specifications. Then the resiunes of those candidates will
be forwarded to the requesting organization for approval
In addition. Northwestern still refers candidates for
full-time positions. Contact the NSU Job Location and
Development office for all of your company's employ-
ment needs. To take advantage of this free resource, con-
tact the office of Job Location and Development at (318)
Hat diplay reflects N&U Tradition
Northwestern students enrolled in Bette
Howell-Maroney's Merchandising 3200 class
are applying what they have learned in the class-
room to parts of the university.
Approximately 16 students enrolled in Howell-
Maroney's visual merchandising class created a
unique hat display that was showcased during
Homecoming week in the Alumni Center.
The display, entitled "Hats off to Homecoming,"
provided students with an opportunity to put their
newly-acquired skills into action as well as offer
people a unique look at Northwestern's history.
The display was recently moved to the Cammie
G. Henry Research Center in Watson Library,
where it will remain through December. By mov-
ing the display, a wider variety of hats will be
shown to the public and possibly some clothing
Howell-Maroney, assistant professor of family
and consumer sciences, said her class tried to find
hats that dated back to 1884, the year the univer-
sity was created. Even though no one could find
hats dating back to the 19th century, Howell-
Maroney said there were some from the 1920s. Ap-
proximately 35 hats were on display at the Alumni
Center, which included both men's and women's
hats that ranged in color and style.
The display also gave a unique look at Home-
coming traditions. One thing the display helps ex-
plain is why Homecoming Courts, in particular
those from the South, still wear hats.
"Hats have always signified a
place or position of royalty, elegance,
leadership or however you want to
look at it," Howell-Maroney said. "At
the Homecoming game, if nothing
else, the hats identify the members
of the Homecoming Court." • • •
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A showcase of
and collectibles will be featured at the
fifth annual Main Street Market An-
tique Show and Sale, set for April 17-18
in Prather Coliseum at Northwestern.
Admission for the two-day show is $2.
The show will be open from 10 a.m. un-
til 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17 and from
10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18.
Items to be included in the sale are
antique jewelry, furniture and acces-
sories such as lamps and clocks.
Trunks and fans, silver, crystal, art
glass and cut glass are also very
popular. Matching china as well as
discontinued pieces are also avail-
able. Silver flatware. Tiffany and
Moser pieces along with various pot-
tery collections will be shown. Crys-
tal repair will also be done on site.
Food and drinks will also be available.
Proceeds from the event will benefit
the preservation efforts of the Main
Street Project and the Northwestern
State University Athletic Association.
For more information, call the NSU
Athletic Association at (318) 357-4299
or Myrna Dunn, Main Street manager,
at (318) 357-3837.
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Kate Chopin's The Awakening and other literary
works will be the center of discussion at the fifth
Kate Chopin Conference April 8-10 at Northwestern.
The conference will allow people to hear well-known
Chopin scholars such as Marjorie Spruill Wheeler, a
nationally recognized expert on women's history and
Emily Toth, who has achieved international recognition
as a Chopin scholar for 28 years.
Mary Linn Wernet, university archivist and head of
the Cammie G. Henry Research Center, is the chairper-
son for this year's conference and has worked with
Chopin conferences since their inception in 1989.
Representatives from Louisiana Public Broadcast-
ing will be at the conference to present a 20-minute docu-
mentary entitled, "Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening," and
discuss its formation, usefulness and future impact.
Attendees will also tour the Cane River region in-
cluding Chopin's home in Cloutierville and historic
Natchitoches, which is the oldest permanent European
settlement in the Louisiana Purchase.
For more information on the conference, call Mary
Linn Wernet at (318) 357-4585 or fax her at (318) 357-
4470 or e-mail her at Marylinn@cp-tel.net. Conference
updates will also be posted on Northwestern's web site
at http://www.nsula.edu/. • • •
Bobby Hebert headlines six
new Graduate ^N' Club Hall
of Fame inductees
Longtime pro football quarter-back Bobby Hebert, who
still holds several Northwestern records, was among six
athletic greats who were inducted into the university's
Graduate 'N' Club Hall of Fame during the occasion of
Northwestern's 113th homecoming .
Hebert is joined in the induction class by two other Demon
football standouts, linebacker Gordon Boogaerts and nose
tackle Kenny Trahant, along with softball great Ginger Craig,
basketball star J.L. "Leslie" McConathy and basketball coach
Huey Cranford. Cranford was inducted posthumously.
They were elected by vote of the 'N' Club, comprised
of former athletic letterwinners at Northwestern. The
class was introduced prior to the kickoff of the home-
Induction in the 'N' Club Hall of Fame is the highest honor
offered by Northwestern to its former student-athletes and
coaches. Retired coach Johnnie Emmons is secretary-trea-
surer of the 'N' Club.
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Plans are being made for the NSU Athletic Associa-
tion Scholarship Auction, set for August 1999. Kurt
Gulbrand, assistant athletic director for development and
executive director of the NSU Athletic Association, said
more details would be available in the spring issue of the
Alumni Columns or by calling him at (318) 357-5251.* • •
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Four charter members were inducted into the Northwest-
em College of Business Hall of Distinction during Home-
coming Activities. The business alumni were chosen based upon
their outstanding career achievements. Shown (from left) are
inductees Gail Winfree ('69 ) of Shreveport, a division vice presi-
dent with American Express Financial Services; Enron Corpo-
ration Vice President Wanda Curry ( 76 ) of Houston; Melba Steeg
('44 ) of New Orleans, president of Investment and Developing
Company; Dr Carroll D. Aby Jr, dean of the College of Business
and State Sen. Mike Smith ('70), a Winnfield businessman and
Nearly 30 Northwestern graduates and friends
gathered in Dallas/Fort Worth to watch the
televised McNeese/Northwestem football game on
Oct. 15. The event, which was held at the San Fran-
cisco Rose, was a preview to future events planned
by the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter
Northwestern's President Dr.
Randall J. Webb presented Dr
E. Loneta Graves ('55) with the
President's Distinguished Service
Award for her 33 years of service
to the university. She was the first
woman in higher education in Loui-
siana to serve as auditor, comptrol-
ler, Equal Employment Opportu-
nity officer, director of personnel
and vice president for financial and
administrative affairs. She was
also the first woman to serve on the
State Board of Regents' Higher
Education Master Plan Advisory
Group and facility inspection team.
She also helped establish the
women's athletic program at
Northwestern, providing the first
women's athletic scholarships.
Five distinguished Northwestern aliunni
were inducted into NSU's Alumni Hall
of Distinction — The Long Purple Line dur-
ing Homecoming '98 activities. The new in-
ductees included (as pictured) Robert F.
Kelley ('58), Dr Mildred Hart Bailey ('50,'60)
(who was honored posthumously and was rep-
resented by Sharon Gahagan ('75) , Lucile
Hendrick ('30), Jesse Boucher ('35) and Eu-
gene Christmas ('55).
Since its inception in 1990, 38 individu-
als have been inducted into the Long Purple
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The Gulf States Conference cham
pionship basketball team of
1948-49 had their hearts set on win-
ning, not only for themselves but for
the university that brought them to-
gether as a team — Northwestern
State College (University).
Members of that championship
squad, which shares the best record
in Northwestern's basketball history
(23-5 overall) with the 1959-60 team,
will be honored during a special rec-
ognition ceremony on Feb. 6, 1999,
prior to an NSU men's basketball
Though they've been out of college
for nearly 50 years, the members of
the team have kept in touch with one
another and have always kept North-
western in their thoughts.
With that in mind, John McConathy,
one team member, said the idea of
giving something back to the insti-
tution was discussed. So to com-
memorate the 50th anniversary of
their championship season, the team
is establishing an endowment for the
men's basketball program.
"We want this to be a positive thing
for the University," McConathy said.
"We don't want to do this for recogni-
tion, we just want to do something to
give back to Northwestern."
"It was the strongest team we ever
had," said De Witt 'Pee Wee' Patten, a
team member from Bossier City. "We
want to honor our team and honor
Coach (H. Lee) Prather."
The inclusion of Prather's name in
the endowment is one sign of the
dedication the team felt toward their
coach, said Northwestern's Athletic
Director Greg Burke.
"It is most appropriate that the
team was sure to include Coach
Prather's name in the endowment
and is a credit to the unselfishness
of the team, which I'm sure was one
of the reasons they were so success-
ful," Burke said.
Early this year, Burke and Patten
met to discuss the establishment of
the endowment. The goal for this year
is to establish at least a $10,000
endowment and continue to build that amount
in future years, Burke said.
After the team won the conference title, they went on to the NAIA
tournament, beating Brigham Young in the quarterfinals. They lost to Regis
52-51 in the semifinals, who went on to win the national championship by
one point in its next game. The Demons ended up ranked fifth in the na-
"Northwestern had good teams, winning teams," he said. "It was a great
era for Northwestern."
"What the 1948-49 basketball squad accomplished 50 years ago still stands
as one of most outstanding team achievements in the history of NSU ath-
letics," Burke said.
Several members of the 1948-49 team have been recognized for their indi-
vidual athletic achievements.
J.L. "Leslie" McConathy joined Prather and five other members of the
squad when he was inducted into Northwestern's Graduate 'N' Club Hall
of Fame during Homecoming '98. McConathy's brother, John, has also been
inducted into the 'N' Club. Linwood Outz was inducted into the Hall of
Fame in 1995, the same year he died. Other team members who have been
included in the 'N' Club are Jodie Stoutamire, Bernard Waggoner and Jim
Willis. Prather, who coached for 38 years before becoming president of
Northwestern, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.
Patten said the young men played as a team, with one objective. "It didn't
matter who scored during the games, as long as we won. We had our hearts
set on winning for ourselves, but we had our hearts set to win for North-
He said the team grew from boys to men under the leadership of Prather.
"At the start of each year. Coach Prather would say we were down here to
get an education first. Then, he'd say we represent Northwestern, today,
tomorrow and when we leave from school. We were told to be gentlemen, a
role model. You'd be surprised how each one of us did great after college
because of him."
McConathy and Patten agreed that it was not only the 12 men on the
team who won the games but the many people who attended those games
in the old gymnasium, now the intramural building on campus.
"When they packed the place, cheering you on, it brought you to another
level," Patten said.
Burke said endowments are crucial to the successful future of the athletic
programs at Northwestern.
"This endowment, as is the case with any fund of its type, is critical to
the future of the NSU athletic program. We must establish a stronger
financial foundation to ensure that scholarships and operating costs for
deserving student athletes can be sustained through the years. The Uni-
versity is most grateful to the 1948-49 team for this thoughtful and
generous gesture." • • •
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Northwestern Alumnus Clinton Marks is using his
love of singing to entertain others while at the
same time, experience a joy he never knew possible.
Marks, who graduated from Northwestern in 1965,
has spent the past few years singing in "Vocal Major-
ity," an award-winning (barber shop) chorus based in
Since 1995, Marks has been a dedicated member of the chorus, attending
weekly practices to perfect the singing and choreography required for each
performance. Members of a barber shop chorus, unlike other musical groups,
sing acappella. Marks said all musical arrangements in this type of chorus
are built around the lead voice.
Whenever Marks speaks of "Vocal Majority," his voice fills with pride —
and for good reason. The 26-year-old chorus has the longest winning streak
of any chorus in the barber shop society. "Vocal Majority," which has ap-
proximately 200 members, has won several awards including eight gold
medals in an international championship competition. After a group wins
the championship, they are ineligible to compete for the next two years.
Marks, himself, has received several awards for his dedication to the group.
He received "Barber shopper of the Month" in November 1996 and received
the prestigious "Jim Clancy Award" in 1997 for his outstanding contribu-
tions to the chorus. Marks' wife of 31 years, Juanell Savage Marks, said this
award is a great honor because Jim Clancy is the director of the chorus. The
award is given each year to the one member who has done the most for the
"I was so proud," Mrs. Marks said of her husband's award. "I get a lump
in my throat every time I think about it."
Not only has Marks been able to pursue his singing talent, but he has
also had the chance to perform throughout the country. He said there are
even tentative plans for the chorus to travel abroad which could possibly
include Australia, New Zealand or Russia.
Besides singing, Marks is also a member of the group's board of directors
and is the costume coordinator. This means he is responsible for outfitting
all chorus members from their custom-designed tuxedos to bow ties and
Marks credits his years at Northwestern for his success with "Vocal Ma-
jority." During his four years at the university, he was an active member of
ROTC and the Black Knights Drill Team. These two organizations required
a great deal of hard work and dedication, which Marks has used throughout
"They definitely have a common thread," he said of his college activities
and "Vocal Majority." "They both give a sense of team work."
"I love it," Marks said of his involvement with the chorus. "Now that I'm
used to it, I don't think I could live without it. It grows into you and becomes
a part of you."
Word of the group's talent has literally spread all across the world. Since
its inception, "Vocal Majority" has made several television appearances and
has performed for three presidents. Marks said members of the chorus don't
live just in Texas. One member commutes every week from Lake Charles,
while another member commutes every other week fi'om Minneapolis. Marks
said there was even a man who commuted from London for nine months,
just to be a part of this spectacular group.
"We look at it as a fraternity," Marks said. "We have a common thread —
Marks, who lives in Piano, Texas, said he never imagined how much joy
he would get from his participation with this chorus. His wife jokingly said
that "Vocal Majority" was his first true love.
"I hope I'm standing on the risers until I die," he said. • • •
'24 Constance Coker Evans is retired
and lives in Saline. She has four children.
'37 James Austin married Geraldine
Lyons Austin ('37). James retired after 40
years as a principal and coach. He and his
wife live in Lake Charles and have recently
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
They have two children.
'38 Willie Westbrook lives in
Metairie. He retired as president of
Westbrook Associates, Inc. He and his wife
have been married for 60 years. They have
'39 Mary Williams Fisher lives in
Natchitoches. She is a volunteer music
teacher at the Child Development Center at
'41 Virtie O'Bier Miller taught first
grade for the Webster Parish School Board
in Minden for 32 years. She lives in
Longview, Texas, and has two children.
'45 Pauline Holland Orcutt is a
homemaker and lives in Dallas. She is
married and has two children.
'47 Xenia Ruffin Kramer was
employed by U.S. Sen. J. Bennett Johnston
and is now retired. She and her husband
live in Shreveport. They have two children.
'49 Adrien Lorrain is retired and
lives in Covington. He and his wife have
three children and six grandchildren.
'51 Nell Richardson Doland attended
her yearly reunion in Hume, Va., this past
summer. She was joined by her classmates
Ann Freeze and Jody Brantley.
'52 E. Sue Tucker Kimball is a staff
land analyst for Union Pacific Resources.
She lives in Fort Worth and has two
'52 Jerri Hicks Dunn married Albert
Dunn (attended '47-'48). They live in
Leesville and have one child.
'55 William Stanberry retired from
Boy Scouts of America as a scout executive.
He is married and lives in Heflin. They
have three sons and nine grandchildren.
'56 Mary Canterbury Cook is a
retired school teacher. She married H.
Gerald Cook ('55) who has retired from U.S.
Steel in Baytown, Texas. They live in
Brenham and have three sons and seven
'58 Carol Abat Edwards married
John Edwards ('75). Carol has retired from
the Agency of Florida Health Care Adminis-
tration as an RN specialist. They live in
Tampa, Fla., and have two children.
'59 Lester Jolley is a retired airline
pilot. He and his wife live in Decatur,
Texas. They have three sons. One son,
John Jolley, is a 1991 graduate of North-
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When David Hardin was young, he did what was
natural in his family. Like his parents and
brothers, he developed a life-long love affair with music. Hardin has been
quick to share that love with others was honored by Northwestern State
University as its 1998 Alumni Music Educator of the Year
"Dave Hardin was one of the first music educators/businessmen to wel-
come me to Northwestern and to help open doors into the band rooms in
this area of the state," said Bill Brent, head of the Department of Cre-
ative and Performing Arts and director of bands at NSU. "He went out of
his way to promote the program and was very helpful with ensuring the
success of our recruiting program. Further, as a music store owner, he
made frequent trips to Natchitoches to help repair equipment and bring
much needed supplies.
"He is highly respected in this area of the United States as a music
educator and professional musician. He is in constant demand as a per-
former, and I personally think it speaks well for NSU to have such a
After earning his degree at Northwestern in 1961, Hardin was direc-
tor of bands at schools in Springhill, Haynesville and Shreveport. In 1981,
he became co-owner and eventually owner of Williams Music Company
in Shreveport. Hardin sold the company and retired in September and is
available to assist the new owner
He couldn't imagine any job that didn't involve music.
"My family has a history of being involved in music," said Hardin. "My
parents played, and I was involved from the word go. It was before televi-
sion and we always played. My three brothers majored in music, and I
fell in line with the rest."
As an educator, Hardin believed his duties stretched beyond giving his
students knowledge of the subject he specialized in.
"The goal for any good teacher is to give students the background to
deal with what they will face when they get out. It didn't matter what
area it was, math, drama or music. One area complemented the other."
he said. "I tried to teach the basic fundamentals of hard work. I made the
statement to every band I taught that it was easy to be average or medio-
cre. I wanted to do things that would make a difference and help them to
After teaching for 20 years, Hardin decided to work in the field of music
in a different way with Williams Music. For 17 years, he worked with
high school and college band directors, supplying equipment and other
Hardin performs regularly with his own quartet and other musicians
in the Shreveport. The quartet recently presented a recital at the first
NSU Trumpet Extravaganza.
"Performing is like a therapy session for me," said Hardin. "It's an emo-
tional release. I love to perform and will do so as long as I can." •••
'62 Martha Lee Burton married
Frank Burton ('63). Martha is head of the
department of nursing at Louisiana
Vocational College. Frank is president of
Burton Marble Manufacturing, LLC. They
live in Shreveport and have two children.
'63 Gene Koury received his master's
degree from Northwestern in 1970. He is
the owner of Gene Koury Auto Sales and
Koury Financial Services in Leesville. He
is married and has two children, one of
which is a Northwestern graduate.
'64 Joyce Daw Carter is a counselor/
coordinator for Del Valle Independent
School District. She and her husband live
in Elgin, Texas. They have one child.
'64 Sandra Shahan Nix married
John Nix ('64). They both received their
master's degrees at Northwestern in 1968.
They have three children and four
grandchildren. Sandra retired after 27
years of teaching and John retired after 26
years of teaching. They live in Benton and
are now the owners of The Lazer's Edge in
'65 Carrie Dykes Crenshaw is a
retired teacher She is married and lives in
Greenwood, S.C. They have two children.
'65 Wilmer Crain married Frankie
Adams Crain ('66). They live in Fort
'66 Brentley Farquhar is married
and has one child. He is supervisor/
management analyst with Federal Civil
Service at Fort Polk. They live in
'69 Dan Denson is a professor at
McNeese State University in Lake Charles.
He married Sharon Livingston Denson
('70). They have two children.
'69 Margaret LeJeune Kibodeaux is
a fourth grade teacher at Junipero Serra
School in Carmel, Calif She is married
and lives in Monterey.
'70 Claudia Moore Triche married
Ramon Triche ('72 and '76). Claudia is an
associate professor of social work, program
coordinator, at Northwestern. They live in
Natchitoches and have three children.
'70 Jane Holland Smith received her
master's degree from Northwestern in
1974. She is superintendent of the Bossier
Parish School Board and lives in Bossier
City. She is married and has one child.
'70 Robin Worthington Quinby is
self-employed as a legal nurse consultant
in Miami, Fla. She is married and has two
'72 Billy Talton married Carolyn
Flanagan Talton ('73). Billy is department
chairman of health & physical education at
Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. They
live in Dubach and have two children.
'72 Gary DeBlieux is senior vice
president at City Bank & Trust Company
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72 Michael Douget married Emily
Thompson Dougetl 72). Michael is
manager of marketing and sales for The
Nordam Group. They live in Tulsa, Okla.,
and they have two boys.
74 Benjamin Carter received his
M.Ed, from Northwestern in 1978. He is
president of the Chamber of Commerce in
Erie, Pa. He married Gwyn Salter Carter
(73). They have two children.
75 Gladys Lard Page lives in
Shreveport. She retired from AT&T as
occupational health nurse. She is married
and has three children.
75 James (Jim) Anderson is a
captain with American Airlines, Dallas/Fort
Worth. He lives in Midlothian, Texas. He is
married and has two children.
76 Roy Stapp, Jr. is employed with
Stapp Consulting Service. He lives in
Winnsboro and has one child.
77 H. Bruce Lazarus teaches for the
Winn Parish School Board. He is married
and has three children. They live in
77 Kim Gaspard was recently named
principal of Parkway High School in
77 Valerie Andrews is a self-
employed writer/editor. She lives in New
78 Navy Cmdr. Charles Grau
received his master's degree from North-
western in 1979. He recently departed to
participate in a multinational exercise in
the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea aboard
the hospital ship U.S.N.S. Comfort, home
ported in Baltimore, Md.
78 Pamela Wester Jones received her
master's degree from Northwestern in 1986.
She is a teacher with the Chattanooga
Public Schools. She and her husband live
in Ringgold, Ga. They have a new baby girl.
'79 Cynthia Braxton Briggs is an
executive assistant at Kisatchie Legal
Services in Natchitoches. She is married,
lives in Clarence and has two children.
'79 Harvey Johnson is dean of
students and head football coach at St.
Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond.
He and his wife live in Chalmette. They
have three children.
'79 James Perry, Jr. married Nancy
Burden Perry ('82). James is an assistant
corporate controller/assistant corporate
secretary at Henley Healthcare in Sugar
Land, Texas. They live in Houston and have
'79 Thomas Brassell is vice president/
district sales manager at Compass Bank.
He is married and lives in Fort Walton
Beach, Fla. They have two children.
'80 Lt. Col. Walter Walker, Jr. is
stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, with the U.S.
Army 4th Infantry Division and serves as
comptroller He is married and lives in
Harker Heights. They have two children.
'81 Maxine Williams Morales is a
nurse practitioner. She is married, has one
child, and lives in Humble, Texas.
'83 Connie Johnson Scruggs is an
English teacher with the Winn Parish School
Board. She is married and lives in Winnfield.
They are expecting their first child.
'83 David Dunn lives in Leesville.
He is self-employed.
'83 Sallye Gipson Stevenson is
married and has two children. They live in
Carrollton, Texas. She is regional data
center director for LabCorp in Dallas.
'84 Dannie Murphy Azlin is a
teacher at Fairview Alpha Elementary.
She is married and has two children. They
live in Coushatta.
'84 Henry Ingram is a mechanical
engineer-performance approval consultant
for Shell Chemical in Norco. He and his
wife and three children live in Luling.
'85 Christopher Ingram is a
cardiologist at Ingram Medical Clinic in
Natchitoches. He and his wife have three
'85 Jeffrey Thompson is married and
lives in Lafayette Hill, Pa. He is a funeral
director/marketing representative for York
'87 Stacy Brown Russell is a
paralegal for the law firm of McCoy-
Weaver in Fayettville, N.C. She is married
and lives at Pope Air Force Base.
'89 Kelley Kyle received her master's
degree from Northwestern in 1992. She is
a business analyst/trainer for Waste
Management Inc. in Irving.
'89 Michael Kay is production
manager for First Plus Financial. He lives
in Dallas, Texas, and has one child.
'90 Melinda Johnson lives in
Alexandria. She is an anchor/reporter for
'91 Kelley Graham Wallace is a sixth
grade language arts teacher at Cross
Roads Middle School in Irmo, S.C. She is
married and lives in West Columbia.
'91 Paula Ducote Thompson married
Kerry Thompson ('91). Paula is a fifth
grade teacher for the Caldwell Parish
School Board. They live in Columbia and
have two children.
'93 Carlene Allen Transier is a first
grade teacher at Colfax Elementary. She is
married and has two children. They live in
'93 Donald (Donnie) Diodene, Jr. lives
in Norco. He is a television production
teacher and assistant boys' basketball coach
at Destrehan High School.
'93 Emily Populis is a fourth grade
teacher at Breaux Bridge Elementary. She
lives in Lafayette and has one child.
'93 John Strong married Patti
Blanchard Strong ('91). John is a RN in the
surgical intensive care unit at LSU Medical
Center, and Patti is a RN in the operating
room at LSU Medical Center. They live in
'93 Leonard Williams lives in New
Orleans. He has been appointed job location
and development coordinator in the office of
Career Placement and Cooperative Educa-
tion at the University of New Orleans.
'94 Brent Baker married Angela Kyle
Baker. He is a landscape architect for TBG
Partners. They live in Austin.
'94 Jennifer Lawrence lives in Dallas.
She is a training coordinator for The
'94 Marie Gipe Siebert is married and
lives in Dallas. She is an occupational
therapist for the Lewisville Independent
'94 Melissa Louviere Domingue is a
sales representative for BellSouth Mobility
in Lafayette. She is married and lives in
'94 Michele Tomas Sefcik is a first
grade teacher at Pineville Elementary. She
is married and lives in Pineville.
'94 Sarah Kiely received her master's
degree from Northwestern in 1997. She is a
psychological specialist for Florida Depart-
ment of Corrections. She lives in Lake City.
'94 Shannon Bolin Ebarb married B.
Chad Ebarb (attended '91-'93). Shannon is a
teacher/coach with the Mt. Vernon Indepen-
dent School District. They live in
Winnsboro, Texas, and have one child.
'95 H. Blair Dickens is a credit analyst
for Regions Bank. He lives in Little Rock,
'95 Mari Fain Jabbia is a case
manager with child welfare. State of
Louisiana Office of Community Service, in
Livingston. She is married and has two
children. They live in Denham Springs.
'95 Michelle Haley is a special
education teacher with the Spring Indepen-
dent School District. She lives in Houston.
'96 Eric Thompson is an industrial
engineer at Hitachi Computer Products
(America), Inc. He lives in Norman, Okla.
'96 1st Lt. Joseph Barnett married
Courtney Schexnayder Barnett ('97). Joseph
is an executive officer stationed at Fort
Jackson, Columbia, S.C, and Courtney is a
substitute teacher at Fort Jackson.
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'96 Kristen Hood lives in Greensboro,
N.C. She is an RN in the neonatal
intensive care unit at Women's Hospital of
'96 Mary Guin Jones Brunson is a
teacher at Colfax Elementary. She is
married and lives in Dry Prong. She has
'96 Victoria Stringer lives in Baton
Rouge. She is an executive assistant for
The Shaw Group, Inc.
'97 2nd Lt. Charles Thomas married
Shannon Brown Thomas ('98). They live in
Leesville. Charles is an army intelligence
officer in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort
'97 Christopher Howell is married
and has one child. He teaches for the
Caddo Parish School Board in Shreveport.
'97 Dorothy Coker Davis is a C.T
and diagnostic radiology technologist at
Franklin Medical Center and East Carroll
Parish Hospital in Winnsboro/Lake
Providence. She lives in Grayson and has
'97 Jessica Collins lives in
Covington. She is a social service
specialist at the Department of Social
Services, Office of Community Services
(Child Protection Agency).
'97 Margot Schneider Kelsaw
married Sean Kelsaw ('98). She is
attending graduate school at the Univer-
sity of St. Francis. They live in Fort
Wayne, Ind., and have four children.
'97 Misty Waller Simpkins is a
probation and parole officer for the
Department of Public Safety & Corrections
in Harvey. She is married and has one
child. They live in Covington.
'97 Rouchelle Gage is a veterinary
technician at LSU School of Veterinary
Medicine. She lives in Baton Rouge.
'97 Stephanie Burge Russell is a RN
at Halifax Medical Center. She is married
and lives in Daytona Beach, Fla.
'97 Tammie Ross is a third grade
teacher at Hale Elementary. She lives in
'39 Frances Sue Cromwell,
Logansport, September 13, 1998.
'48 Sara Louise Pullig, Ball, July 25,
'53 Dorothy Lynn Mills, Springhill,
July 28, 1998.
Helen Elizabeth Hines Baucum,
Longview, Texas, July 21, 1998.
Hilda Perini Heim, Natchitoches,
August 31, 1998.
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Class of 1948 becomes member of 50-Plus Club
The office of Alumni Affairs at Northwestern State University hosted its
annual 50-Plus Club Reunion on Saturday, Nov. 14 for those Northwestern
alumni who graduated from the university at least 50 years ago. Some 70
alumni attended the reunion, according to Dr. Steve Horton, director of alumni
affairs. Among those were graduates from as early as 1924. During the event,
the group welcomed the 1948 graduates into the 50-Plus Club. Three of those
1948 alumni were in attendance at the reunion.
Northwestern State University
Natchitoches, LA 71497-0002
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